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 Post subject: Folding at home for Covid 19
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 15:22 
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If you have a PC or laptop you can put it to good use folding proteins to help cure diseases. Most recently, COVID 19. You just need to visit this site here -

https://foldingathome.org/

You can do this anonymously, or you can join a team. I am currently folding for Team Redline on Overclock3D team number 98860.

If you want to fold for a team you need to get a passkey, which will be sent to your email address.

The only thing I will say is keep an eye on your system temps. Most notably your graphics card and CPU. You can do that with this -

https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

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 Post subject: Re: Folding at home for Covid 19
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 15:48 
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While it's definitely good-intentioned, I'd inject a note of caution. The only scientific data or opinion backing up the usefulness of [email protected] is sponsored by and co-authored by the people who run [email protected] There's no independent data or even opinion stating that it offers any real value to the field of protein folding. So have a good research before pumping up your power bill, folks.

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 Post subject: Re: Folding at home for Covid 19
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 16:22 
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Also bear in mind that running your PC flat-out all night is going to shorten its lifespan. Obviously that's not such a problem for some, but it's something to consider.

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 Post subject: Re: Folding at home for Covid 19
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 18:27 
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Cras wrote:
While it's definitely good-intentioned, I'd inject a note of caution. The only scientific data or opinion backing up the usefulness of [email protected] is sponsored by and co-authored by the people who run [email protected] There's no independent data or even opinion stating that it offers any real value to the field of protein folding. So have a good research before pumping up your power bill, folks.

As someone who did biochemistry type things at university, I can't help but have significant doubts about the usefulness of folding at home.


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 Post subject: Re: Folding at home for Covid 19
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 18:42 
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Mr Dave wrote:
As someone who did biochemistry type things at university, I can't help but have significant doubts about the usefulness of folding at home.

It's helped me with the toilet paper shortage.

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 Post subject: Re: Folding at home for Covid 19
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 21:31 
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Zardoz wrote:
Mr Dave wrote:
As someone who did biochemistry type things at university, I can't help but have significant doubts about the usefulness of folding at home.

It's helped me with the toilet paper shortage.

I hate folding but mrs. W says I have to do it or my shirts will be creased


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 Post subject: Re: Folding at home for Covid 19
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 21:37 
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Mr Dave wrote:
Cras wrote:
While it's definitely good-intentioned, I'd inject a note of caution. The only scientific data or opinion backing up the usefulness of [email protected] is sponsored by and co-authored by the people who run [email protected] There's no independent data or even opinion stating that it offers any real value to the field of protein folding. So have a good research before pumping up your power bill, folks.

As someone who did biochemistry type things at university, I can't help but have significant doubts about the usefulness of folding at home.


I don't recall it being mentioned in my time in structural biology, but that was a long while back.

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 Post subject: Re: Folding at home for Covid 19
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:29 
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MaliA wrote:
Mr Dave wrote:
Cras wrote:
While it's definitely good-intentioned, I'd inject a note of caution. The only scientific data or opinion backing up the usefulness of [email protected] is sponsored by and co-authored by the people who run [email protected] There's no independent data or even opinion stating that it offers any real value to the field of protein folding. So have a good research before pumping up your power bill, folks.

As someone who did biochemistry type things at university, I can't help but have significant doubts about the usefulness of folding at home.


I don't recall it being mentioned in my time in structural biology, but that was a long while back.

Hard to fold from home when computers don't exist yet.


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 Post subject: Re: Folding at home for Covid 19
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 13:51 
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MaliA wrote:
Mr Dave wrote:
Cras wrote:
While it's definitely good-intentioned, I'd inject a note of caution. The only scientific data or opinion backing up the usefulness of [email protected] is sponsored by and co-authored by the people who run [email protected] There's no independent data or even opinion stating that it offers any real value to the field of protein folding. So have a good research before pumping up your power bill, folks.

As someone who did biochemistry type things at university, I can't help but have significant doubts about the usefulness of folding at home.


I don't recall it being mentioned in my time in structural biology, but that was a long while back.

Computational vs experimental folding was only mentioned in passing, and the field may well have moved on since then. (CRISPR has rather revolutionised the molecular genetics area that I specialised in. Things don't stand still, after all)


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